They Way of Shadows (Night Angel 01) by Brent Weeks

Product info:

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city’s most accomplished artist. 

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he’s grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly – and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and cultivate a flair for death.

My impressions:

The first part of this series reminded me of a not exactly successful night out. The restaurant interior was perhaps ok, the waiter tried his best but the food could have been tastier and the atmosphere lacked some magic. Overall there were moments which I enjoyed but they were few and far between. The ending was a royal mess – as if the author wanted to say: “so you’ve found some incongruities and loopholes? Let me show you real loopholes! Plus plenty of gratuitous violence at breakneck speed! And zero character development because who needs that in a fantasy book? You don’t like it? Tough luck ha-ha-ha! *insert a gif with a teen making a rude gesture*”

Well, I didn’t like it indeed. I had also a few issues with the vocabulary. Dear author, if you call your magical artifact ka’kari, despite the mandatory fantasy apostrophe the “kaka” part inevitably elicits ironic smirks from me. Let me also say that the term ‘wetboy’, used to describe super-trooper assassins on steroids, magic-endowed and inhumanly good at killing, made me simply laugh. I think the term ‘assassin’ is far more dignified. ‘Wetboy’ makes me think of a small child playing in a puddle. Or wetting his trousers. Apart from that I do think women come in more that two flavours: a staintly madonna or a lascivious  whore from gutter.

Now a bit about the cover art – it is good but that hood… it seriously limits your field of vision. ;p Just saying.

Final verdict:

Good ideas, mostly bad execution – in the first part I found just few good scenes scattered around seas of infodumps and such. Recommendable only for teenage action junkies who cannot stop looking for another ‘Assassin’s Creed’ or other videogame-style fantasy.

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4 Responses to They Way of Shadows (Night Angel 01) by Brent Weeks

  1. blodeuedd says:

    I liked it 😀 THough later I read that even the author does not like this series. But I sure like it better than his later one

  2. Carole Rae says:

    “Good ideas, mostly bad execution” such a tragic thing when that happens!

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